Portland >Food & Dining > Gracies Restaurant
When I used to live in Goose Hollow, one of my favorite guilty morning pleasures was to slip into Gracie's incomparably elegant dining room en route to work, sit in one of the swanky booths, and order a slab of ham and a side of bruleed pineapple. Strange, but true. And delicious. Otherwise, get their dreamy German pancake.
Beautiful restaurant. Welcoming atmosphere and waitstaff. Almost always empty which makes for a slightly depressing, though attentive experience. Great caesar salad. Fish dishes aren't anything to rave about. I wish it were as special as the way it looks.
Lovely atmosphere, delicious food!. The 3 cheese rigatoni is absolutely amazing. It has 2 distanct flavors that leave your mouth watering! My friend had brisket and fell in love. It was perfectly cooked. Another friend ordered a prawn pasta, it was a generous portion and very bold sauce. We all left full and very excited to return. We've since had an awesome brunch and reccomend this place to all our friends.
Avoid the benedicts, oh just avoid this place!. My husband and I were excited to try Gracie's as soon as we saw it online. We arrived on time for our reservation and were greeted politely by our hostess. We were seated next to a large party, even though there were plenty of our seats available. No matter, we waited about five minutes for my husband's coffee-my drink order was never taken. Our hostess took our order after 15 minutes apologetically because our server was MIA. My husband ordered the smoked trout and I the classic benedict. After we received our food (about 20 minutes later) we were even more disappointed because my husband received the trout benedict instead of the smoked trout. Both of our plates were less than warm--our benedicts lukewarm and our potatoes were literally cold--it was as if they had sat for fifteen minutes after being cooked. We were thoroughly disappointed. It was a complete disaster and only got worse when it took our MIA server another twenty minutes to get our check after we were done. Ridiculous
Best Lunch in Portland. The best meatloaf and matzo ball soup in the city! This place was a find, i will return! Service was nice and quick.
Brunch = Hits and misses. The makeover at the old Mallory hotel was nicely done, and the atmosphere at Gracie's was far more luxe than I had anticipated (though the chairs appear to be leftover from the dated predecessor). We found the staff, though not particularly personable, they were 'on their game' enough for Sunday brunch. Two people at our table had delicious brunch entrees while the other two struck out. I'd recommend the smoked trout, and the salmon scrambles, both were excellent, and visually enticing. The other two diners weren't as fortunate - though our server praised the Dungeness crab omelet, without hesitation we all gave it two thumbs down. Aesthetically, it was unappealing - a lump of overcooked egg, with a side of similarly colored (and undercooked) potatoes. Inside the dry eggy lump were a few small bites of crab, some with unexpected bits of shell, as well as a few square centimeters of tomato. The entree would benefit GREATLY from some chevre, or even parmesan, and fresh herbs of any kind would elevate the dish from inedible to satisfying. I might be willing to give it another try, though I hope there aren't any other menus items that I'd need to know to steer clear of.
Gracie's. Anyone who has been to Gracie's in the past year would more than likely not return, until now. We stayed at the hotel deluxe about 6 months ago and dined at the restaurant Gracie's with no luck, service was lacking, food was not worth it and the ambience was less than enthusiastic. We returned this past week to the Driftwood Room to meet some friends from out of town (sexiest bar in portland and great cocktails!) we ended up having dinnner in the majestic Gracie's, unimpressed with the last visit we were apprehensive. After being sat we were greeted by the manager who made us feel warm and welcome. Chef Chris arrived to the table with our first course and explained the scallops with bitter greens and pumkin puree, which melts in your mouth! our entrees came and we were equally impressed. Our server was amazing and not stuffy (which is what you would expect here) We wanted to say congratulations to the new management and Chef Chris for doing such a great job bringing this back to life! Thank you for a great dinner and memories.
Great Service and Food!. WOW! The new chef is amazing! Good Job to Gracie's comeback. This Portland landmark has created memories for so many families, it is great to know it is on the right track again. Our server was knowledged and knew exactly how to make us feel right at home.
gracies restaurant. Last night my aunt and uncle were in town from france, we decided to have dinner at Gracies since they are staying at the Hotel Deluxe. To our surprise (we have had dinner here before with no luck) everything was amazing! Our server Bradford was charming and knowledged, the pan fries oysters were to die for as were each and every entree we had ordered (ceaser and prawn linguini !!!!) The restaurant was busy, but we were served promtly. I would recommend Gracies now that the restaurant is under new management...it seems someone is getting it right and it is about time this is such a beautiful place, we would especially like to thank the chef for sending out a special dessert for my aunts birthday. Visit the driftwood room before dinner, it truley is the sexiest bar in Portland... Have Fun!
Don't eat at this restaurant.
Good riddance to the former owner, Gregg Schillinger of Paddy's (another place to avoid). But the damage is done: the $22 Kobe burger has been downgraded in quality--but not price. The two managers people have followed around town are gone, so is the brilliant chef who came up with that burger.
This place has gone through three, maybe four chefs in a year. What causes that is anybody's guess but it's not because of a congenial atmosphere. It's a beautiful room and the staff really wants to help, but with food like they're serving now (dry sliders and the grossly overpriced Kobe), they don't stand a chance.
Brunch is no better, with some of the worst tasting hollandaise sauce and some of the ickiest gravy we've ever had. How can you mess up eggs? Gracie's can.
AVOID THIS PLACE! It's terrible! Wait till it changes ownership again and see if anyone with vision has taken the reigns. That's certainly not the case right now.
1st try. We tried Gracie's $22 hamburger the very next day after reading about it. To lighten the cost, we did opt for the $11 Happy Hour version, but were not dissapointed. It's tough for me to crown it the city's finest (as I am a loyal Castagna burger fan), but Gracie's version was quite the gem. However, it's so unique that comparing it to Stanich's, Helvatia Tavern, Higgins, etc. isn't fair. I do wish that the accompanying egg was fried, not poached, as the taste seemed to dominate. The fries were delicious and come in as a strong second behind Carafe's in Downtown. We also tried the Lobster Corn Dogs: nice idea, but far from over the top. And when you factor in the price point, probably something to skip. The peanut butter mousse was excellent, and this is apperently their third most popular dessert. The bartneder was very friendly and made up for the slow service by the kitchen. Other wait staff were pleasant, but ten minutes for mayonaise for fries is too long (just serve it together next time.) The owner/manager was roaming around, which is usually a good sign.
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